The Case against Commercial Surrogacy


Moves are being made to legitimise overseas commercial surrogacy in Ireland. But as this briefing note points out, the practice…

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By Dr Angelo Bottone

The Master of the Rotunda, Professor Fergal Malone, has revealed that up to 95pc of parents who are informed by the hospital that their unborn babies have Down Syndrome (DS) opt for abortion. This is a horrifying figure that appears...

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During the Covid-19 pandemic, people were barred in many countries from attending religious worship for long periods, and nowhere more so than in Ireland. When they were not barred, severe restrictions were put on the numbers who could attend. But...

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At the time of writing, the Incitement to Violence or Hatred and Hate Offences Bill 2022 is making its way through the Oireachtas. The chief aim is to control certain types of speech and thought. But free speech cannot be...

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The US midterm elections took place on Tuesday. What has attracted little attention on this side of the Atlantic is the fact that voters in three US states backed extreme, pro-choice amendments to their constitutions. Pro-life proposals went before two...

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International development NGOs generally originated from the middle of the last century, but public support for faith-based and missionary organisations dates back centuries and they often laid the foundations for the work of secular agencies, something that is often forgotten....

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Upcoming ‘hate crime’ legislation could easily land the Church in trouble, warns a new article in The Catholic Herald. Last week, the Cabinet approved the ‘Criminal Justice (Incitement to Violence or Hatred and Hate Offences) Bill, 2022’, and while it...

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Religious symbols in State schools must reflect ‘entire community’


Religious symbols across 200 State-run primary and secondary schools must in future be reflective of the “entire community” in a new blueprint for the sector. This may include 50 formerly…

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The Atheist’s Bluff

Atheism present itself as a ‘rational’, ‘tolerant’ alternative to religion. But is that true in theory or in practice? Philosopher,…

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